Originals аnd Reflections: Medieval, Renaissance аnd Baroque Artworks Used as Documents in Reconstruction of Architectural Sites in Bulgaria Cover Image
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Оригинал и рефлексии: средновековни, ренесансови и барокови художествени произведения, използвани като документи при реконструкции на археологически обекти в България
Originals аnd Reflections: Medieval, Renaissance аnd Baroque Artworks Used as Documents in Reconstruction of Architectural Sites in Bulgaria

Author(s): Iva Doseva
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Library and Information Science, Visual Arts, Preservation
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article treats the incorrect in terms of methodology use of artworks as a ‘credible source’ for reconstructing architectural sites in ruins. Medieval representations from Veliko Tyrnovo treated in scientific publications form the first group. Enough arguments have been adduced pertaining to their specificity of typologizing images following particular iconographic patterns. Hence the second group is accentuated, containing drawings and engravings by West-European artists of the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries with regard to Philippopolis (Plovdiv), Kyustendil and Sozopol. Significant discrepancies are witnessed showing that these artworks wouldn’t also evince strict topographic descriptions. Furthermore, western artists have inevitably reproduced any situation premising on their experience got from their own environments, perception, knowledge, etc., i.e. foreign cultural stereotypes underlie these works. An artwork is in itself a reflection depending on historical, cultural, and individual factors. Using such a category of pictorial material in gathering information about the respective sites, might lead to replacing direct by indirect evidence and an ensuing series of interrelated assumptions. Against a backdrop of the recent massive construction and reconstruction works carried out on Bulgaria’s heritage sites, individual instances are dealt with of ignoring the original artefacts, which results anew in creating fakes thus irreversibly damaging the authenticity of cultural values.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 9-18
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian